Someone who refuses to either eat or wear anything derived from an animal. Not necessarily any less healthy than your typical omnivore—contrary to popular belief, you can get protein from some plants—but not necessarily any more so.

Also not inherently self-righteous...but altogether too many of them are.
"You can preach veganism at me all you want...but I'm not giving up chicken strips, silk shirts, or leather boots. Get over it."
by Qit January 21, 2004
One who insists that their diet is more ethical, despite the fact that millions of animals are killed every year in the adding of insecticide to and harvesting of their food.
Will someone shut this vegan up?
by Arachnidoc June 29, 2005
Someone who nibbles on vegitation for sustinance, relies on diet replacement pills and beans to make up for their protein and vitamin deficencies. also does not indulge in any form of lifestyle that has any effect on any living thing other than their own, and will crucify themselves to save bunnies but will cut in line to have an abortion.
"I am not a vegan. I will now eat some dead cow and LIKE it."
by porcelina February 20, 2006
the epicenter of the internet. terrorists. rogues. rampant with heroin use, barfights, and bands so noisy only a mother could love them.
man i just shot dope and killed a man, i gotta tell VEGAN
by A.E. Baker November 23, 2007
A vegan is someone who does not consume or use anything that is derived from animal cruelty. Vegans pertain to this standard on various levels: Vegans never eat milk, eggs, meat, or gelatin (boiled animal bones), or products containing them. But some vegans consume honey, and some consume white sugar (which could be filtered through charcoal made from cows' bones). Vegans never wear leather, but I have known a few who wear wool that is certified to come from farms where the sheep are happy, healthy, hormone-free, humanely sheared, and not mulesed*.

Vegans are not necessarily hippies, activists, pacifists, or crazies... but some of them definitely are, and they scare me.

*Mulesing is the act of cutting flaps of skin off of a sheep's hindquarters to keep parasites away; it is often performed without anesthesia.
I was vegan (still had sugar and honey) for a time, but my family is full of cooks and bakers, so I eat dairy and eggs if it's a special occasion and the dish was made by a family member.
by The Indie Chick October 22, 2006
a. Someone who anthropomorphizes animals and endows with with human rights.
b. Someone who is self righteous
c. Someone who looks terribly emmaciated, most likely because of malnutrition, but also because of stressing out about animals being eaten and from protesting against carnivorism. These protests are typically caused by the psychological need for attention and/or as a form of rebellion against society.
a. "That cow has the same rights as you or me...."
b. "Um....did you know that the chicken in that sandwich you're eating was stuffed in a cramped cage and not allowed to move? You need to become vegan, or at least vegetarian"
c. "PETA!!!!! ANIMALS ARE PEOPLE TOO!....hang on I have to sit down for a second I think my leg snapped"
by Cliff Whitty July 31, 2006
Someone who cares about the suffering of sentient creatures, and therefore does not consume eggs, milk, or meat, as well as abstaining from wearing animals or using products tested on them.

Meat-eaters are harmful to the environment, not vegans. They are the main cause of world hunger by wasting land to feed overbred cows who will become tortured and killed. Meat is an inefficient resource, and also requires a lot of oil in production. Don't say veganism is bad for the environment.

God warned against animal cruelty, and preched compassion. Many references made to meat were metaphoric or not referring to flesh. Most scholars believe Jesus didn't even eat fish, so don't use the pseudo-Christian argument either.

Finally, b12 and protein can be obtained from plants. Beans, nuts, and seeds are rich in protein, and many other plant based foods contain it as well. Seaweed, yeast, and raw organic foods have b12, and it also can be grown as a bacteria.

Debeaking, beating, tail-docking, ear-clipping, confinement, etc. aren't humane. There's no excuse for not being vegan.

The arguments against veganism are very ignorant.

The word vegan means compassion.
Woah, that person cares about the world, she must be a vegan.
by John September 04, 2003

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